GMO Crops Disrupt Trade

GMO Crops Disrupt Trade

China’s rejection of shipments containing low levels of unapproved genetically-modified organisms is another incident of GMO contamination that is disrupting US food and feed trade.

What GMO Consensus?

What GMO Consensus?

There is no scientific consensus that GM crops are safe, especially when the views of the scientific community independent of the GM crop development industry are taken into account.

U.S. Pesticide Use: Back To The Future

Is “cutting-edge” biotechnology taking American agriculture backwards into a more toxic past?

Connecticut: Lonely and Looking For Partners

Connecticut: Lonely and Looking For Partners

Connecticut will become the first and only state so far to require food manufacturers to label products containing genetically modified ingredients — but there is a catch!

GMO Labeling Law Faces a Deadline in New York

GMO Labeling Law Proposed in New York

Legislation proposed in New York would require labeling of food or food products that contain a genetically modified material. With a deadline for a vote looming, can New Yorkers keep the bill alive?

Choice at the Core of Proposition 37

Choice at the Core of Proposition 37

Polls open tomorrow in California and Californians are asked to choose whether genetically modified foods and ingredients should be labeled. Vote YES on Proposition 37 and urge others to do the same.

Toxic Biotech Provisions of the Farm Bill

Toxic Biotech Provisions of the Farm Bill

New changes in the House Agriculture Committee’s discussion draft of the 2012 Farm Bill will eviscerate the oversight function of the USDA over GMOs.

California’s Right to Know Ballot Measure is Now Prop 37

California's Right to Know Ballot Measure is Now Prop 37

Backed by overwhelming public support, California’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will be on November’s ballot as Proposition 37.

Genetically Engineering Washington Politics

GMO advocates rush to tell anyone who is willing to listen that GMOs are safe because they were approved by government agencies. Lobbying statistics reveal a deluge of money greasing the political and regulatory wheels, putting government seals of approval into question.

GMO Labeling Fights Multiply Across U.S.

GMO Labeling Fights Multiply Across U.S.

There is a growing demand from consumers to know what is in their food. In response to this demand, sprouting across the nation are bills seeking to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

Rootworms Are Eating Their Way Through Bt Corn

Rootworms Are Eating Their Way Through Bt Corn

This past November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report cited “severe efficacy issues” with Monsanto’s Bt corn after multiple states reported “unexpected pest damage.”

Product Contains Genetically Engineered Material

Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) has once again introduced a bill that would require require the labeling of all foods that contain or are produced with genetically engineered material. It is a counter-balance to another pending legislation that could strip USDA of some of its authority to approve to biotech crops.

House Committee Probes Alleged Over-regulation of Agricultural Biotech

House Committee Probes Alleged Over-regulation of Agricultural Biotech

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture is meeting to “review the causes and consequences of government over-regulation of agriculture biotechnology.”

Public Pension Funds Play Active Role In Global Land Grabs

Public Pension Funds Play Active Role In Global Land Grabs

Public pension fund managers are increasingly investing in commodities like farmland around the globe. Should workers’ retirement savings be invested in schemes used to displace workers in other parts of the world?

Another State Ag-Gag Bill Threatens Animal Rights Whistleblowers

Another State Ag-Gag Bill Threatens Animal Rights Whistleblowers

We have been closely following the “ag gag” bills that are cropping up across the country criminalizing the undercover taking of farm videos and photographs. New York is the latest state to consider a bill that would impose more stringent sanctions on those revealing animal abuse than the abusers themselves.

Biotech Industry Is USDA’s Favorite Son

Biotech Industry Is USDA's Favorite Son

Recently, Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack compared biotechnology and sustainable agriculture to two sons, for whom he declared equal love. Read on to learn why biotech has in fact been the agency’s favorite “son.”

Regulatory Independence Myth Lives On At USDA

USDA often sides with and promotes industry interests. Its new pilot program allowing biotech developers to prepare their own safety studies or pay for those selected by the agency will only reinforce the image of an agency regulating for the industry.

House Aims To Reduce Protections Of The Clean Water Act

House Aims To Reduce Protections of The Clean Water Act

A bill that waters down EPA protections of the Clean Water Act is recommended for consideration by the House as a whole. This is one of several Republican sponsored bills aimed at reducing EPA powers.

Slaughter Will Reintroduce Legislation To Preserve Antibiotics

Slaughter Will Reintroduce Legislation To Preserve Antibiotics

PAMTA – the legislation that addresses overuse of antibiotics in the agricultural system, which leads to antibiotic resistance in the human population, is once again introduced by Congresswoman Slaughter.

Powerful Interests In The GE Alfalfa Debate

Powerful Interests In The GE Alfalfa Debate

The usual and unusual politics surrounding the deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa.

Vatican's Cardinal Speaks On GMOs Post WikiLeaks

Cardinal Turkson, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, discussed GMOs in an interview with the Vatican newspaper.

Genetically Modified Crops: The Holy Dilemma

Genetically Modified Crops: The Holy Dilemma

Several scientists at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences recently released a statement fully backing GMOs. While the Holy See tried to distance itself from these statements, recent WikiLeaks revelations belie the Vatican’s claim to neutrality.

USDA and Monsanto Appeal Decision To Pull GMO Crop

USDA and Monsanto Appeal Decision To Pull GMO Crop

A Federal Court ordered the removal of genetically modified beet seedlings. After USDA and Monsanto appealed, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is delaying the removal until a hearing that was rescheduled for February.

Connecting the Dots: Antibiotic Resistance, Industrial Farm Animal Production and GMOs

Follow the money and you will see that the meat and the GMO industry are inextricably tied.

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